Murder suspect pleads not guilty to stabbing
Published 11:41 am Wednesday, September 4, 2013
NORTHWOOD — The man arrested early last month in the murder of a Northwood woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Worth County District Court.
Tyrone Washington Jr., 39, faces a first-degree murder charge. At the arraignment Tuesday, Judge Colleen Weiland set a trial to begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 30.
Washington allegedly stabbed Justina Marie Smith, 30, to death on the morning of Aug. 5 in Northwood’s Swensrud Park before reportedly going on the lam in Smith’s 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa State Patrol troopers arrested Washington in Scott County, Iowa, that afternoon.
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According to an autopsy, Smith died from what has been described as “multiple sharp-force injuries.”
Washington was Smith’s live-in boyfriend, but Smith had requested a restraining order in July after Washington allegedly assaulted and strangled her.
He remains in the Worth County jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond. At the arraignment, Washington’s defender made a bail motion, but Weiland opted to rule on it later.
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case with the assistance of the Worth County attorney.